When a manuscript of a novel called Jane Eyre reached the publishing house of Smith, Elder & Co, it was handed to the literary reader and joint owner, William Smith Williams. He was unable to put it down and George Smith, the other publisher, stayed up all night to finish this novel by an unknown writer.
How much of this great classic is autobiographical? Which line most shocked Victorian readers?
Why has Jane Eyre continued to so delight generations of readers?